January 28, 2014

Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954)

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”  - Colette

Polaire (1879-1939) and Colette (1874-1954) 1901
© Bridgeman Art Library

© Bridgeman Art Library

  Charles Gerschel, Postcard depicting Colette and her husband Willy
© Bridgeman Art Library

 © Bridgeman Art Library

 Henri Manuel, Colette c. 1906-1909

 Colette, c. 1906-1909 

 Colette and her cats, c. 1925.

Encyclopédie Larousse

Germaine Krull, Colette, 1930

"Kevés óra adatik életünkben, mikor a test elégedett, a szem gyönyörködik, a szív könnyű és szinte kongóan üres, és egy pillanat alatt csordultig telik, ezt az órát sohasem fogom elfelejteni".
Colette: Zendülő vetés, ford. Brodszky Erzsébet
In: Kóborélet és más kisregények, Európa, 1982

There are only a few hours in life when a contented body, with its eyes rewarded for their efforts, and a heart - light, resonating, almost empty - receive in one moment all that they are capable of containing, and I will remember this. 

Colette: Green Wheat, trans. Zack Rogow

"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet." - Colette

© Ph. P. Vals - Coll. Archives Larbor

 Agence Meurisse / RMN

© Paul Almásy, Colette dans son appartement au Palais Royal, Paris, 1947-1948

Colette and Maurice Goudeket

 Colette with Audrey Hepburn who played the role of Gigi on Broadway, 1951

 "I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering."

© Walter Carone, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette's 80th birthday, 1953

"Egyszóval élni tanultam. Tehát meg lehetett tanulni élni? Igen, feltéve, hogy boldogtalanok vagyunk. A boldogság nem tanít semmire. Boldogtalanul élni, én nem belepusztulni, ez már valódi elfoglaltság, kész mesterség."
Colette, Búcsú az érzelmektől, 1907

I was, in fact, learning to live. Can you learn to live? Yes, if you are not happy. There is no virtue in felicity. To endure without happiness and not to droop, not to pine, is a pursuit in itself, you might almost say a profession.

1 comment:

  1. Great collection of photos! Thanks for this. (I find the lion skin disturbing. I know, I know, women of that era wore dead birds, stuffed, on their hats, too.)